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Stephen King - The Shining [DVD] [Dual Disc Format]*

Rebecca De Mornay , Steven Weber    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Rebecca De Mornay, Steven Weber, Courtland Mead, Wil Horneff, Cynthia Garris
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 10 Feb 2003
  • Run Time: 259 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00007L3T5
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,164 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Stephen King's The Shining is a new adaptation from the author himself, made for American television, that bears very little resemblance to the 1980 Stanley Kubrick version. Which is not surprising since Kubrick practically threw out most of King's novel and presented his own version of the story. Here King redresses the balance in a mini-series that follows his original almost to the letter, and manages to be effectively creepy despite the budget and censorship limitations of the TV format.

Stephen Weber takes over the role of Jack Torrance, the caretaker who slowly descends into madness in the haunted Overlook Hotel. His performance is as far from Jack Nicholson as you could get, with his insanity building slowly and menacingly rather than being virtually mad from the get-go. Rebecca de Mornay is superb as Wendy Torrance, struggling to hold her fragile family together amid the spooky goings on. Young Courtlan Mead plays Danny, whose unique gifts give the story its title, as one of those infuriating TV brats who overacts left right and centre. Fortunately, there are enough creepy moments and a fair few frights to hold the whole thing together: the woman in the bathtub scene being a stand out shocker. Sure, there is nothing quite like Nicholson's "Here's Johnny!" moment, but this is the story King wanted to tell and it still shines brighter than most of the other recent screen adaptations of his work.

On the DVD: Stephen King's The Shining is a nicely packaged set, with the film spread over two discs complete with a commentary featuring Stephen King himself, instantly making this set a must-have for his fans. There are also several deleted scenes which add some interest to parts of the movie. The transfer is good, considering its TV origins, and the crisp sound captures every spooky moment on this well-thought-out and presented set. --Jonathan Weir

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Two-part dramatisation of Stephen King's study in isolation and madness. Recovering alcoholic Jack Torrance (Steven Weber) obtains a job as the caretaker at the deserted Overlook Hotel during the winter. He takes up residence with his wife, Wendy (Rebecca De Mornay) and son, Danny, who experiences clairvoyant forebodings. As the bleak isolation of the Overlook hotel begins to affect Jack's mind, Wendy begins to fear for her and Danny's lives.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The Truth Shall Set You Free 5 Aug 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Stephen king's friendship with mick garris has always blinded him to the fact that garris is the worst director ever to be allowed to translate his work to the screen. Having ruined The Stand by turning what could've been a modern day lord of the rings epic into a tacky tv movie of the week soap opera with endless crane shots, garris now turns one of king's best stories into one of the most boring, appallingly acted, i've-seen-scarier-scooby-doo's, pieces of television ever ! Rebecca de mornay is way too glamorous to convince as ordinary mother and housewife - there's just no way she'd ever be married to such a loser as Steve Webber - who's the acting equivalent of watchin paint dry. Worst of all is the brat playing danny - this walking, talking chipmunk is so appallingly bad you're praying his dad will take the mallet to his head by the end of part 1, and so spare us the 2 tedious, if-i-keep-movin-the-camera-all-the-time-people-will-never-notice-i-have-no-talent-as-a-director-whatsoever, episodes that follow.
If I start a petition to ban mick garris from ever directing another stephen king book again, would anyone sign it I ask - or is it just me ? Apparently it's just me, as Garris has since directed 3 more King Books. Now that is scary !
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Absolute Genius. Just like'The Room' is. 5 Mar 2013
One of the worst things I have ever seen commited to film. This, on one level, suffers from Kubrick's version been so good but it is not the only reason it is so bad. Kubrick's changes made the adaption better and the set design just set it apart.

This adaption is certainly more faithful to King's book - King wrote the screenplay, so that comes as no surprise. One particular thing is the topiary animals. I love the book, but I thought they were a bad idea in it (they just don't make sense, not even in the supernatural world created) and an even worse idea on film. Kubrick was clever to replace them with the maze. King, however, kept them - cue 1997 TV CGI...need I say more.

The acting and dialogue is awful and, thus, hilarious. Even Elliot Gould in his small role as manager Ullman is surprisingly wooden. Oh, and the way they portray Tony is quite unbelievably bad. And the years later, Danny sees Jack's ghost at his graduation...Jack blows a kiss...Danny catches it...tears in his eyes, he pulls it to his cheek...'that's what I've missed,' he says. Beautifully bad.

So, yes - Genius and hugely entertaining. It is so bad, it is good. Brilliant.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Sadly, A Missed Opportunity... 3 Feb 2012
This has to be one of the greatest disappointments in recent memory. You would have thought the involvement of King himself in the screenplay and as producer would produce a definitive version of `The Shining' - as much as I love Kubrick's take, this made-for-tv monstrosity is closer to the book.

The over-riding problem with this adaptation is the utter lack of suspense, peril or fear which imbues the book and film so successfully. The characters in this are paper-thin facsimiles and seem to ignore completely King's rich prose and description. De Mornay and Van Peebles are quite heroically wooden displaying neither Wendy's abject terror and abuse nor Dick's immense trial in returning to the Overlook.

Stephen Weber gives the role of Jack a good stab but is still floundering under the weighty history of the iconic Jack Nicholson performance. The hammy, pantomime dénouement in the hotel has the sort of hackneyed pratfalls you would expect from Scooby Doo as he swings and misses with the Roque mallet.
When the best actor is a 6 year old boy, you have to worry slightly...

The `special' effects on the topiary animals are horribly laughable and it all-together misses one of the scariest moments of the novel where Danny is trapped in a snow-bound concrete tube in the playground.

Overall this is a massive missed opportunity - the direction is ponderous and flat, the performances lacking in emotion and the mawkish ending has to be seen to be believed - astoundingly crass.
I'll stick with Kubrick.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Interesting as a curiosity only 10 Dec 2013
By Joanne Sheppard TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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Having heard that Stephen King hated Stanley Kubrick's classic adaptation of his novel, I was intrigued to see this, King's own screen version of The Shining.

Unfortunately, talented though King is as a writer, this mini-series doesn't work with him at the creative helm. It is more faithful to the book than the Kubrick film, but what works on the page doesn't always translate well to the screen. This is slow and remarkably devoid of tension, with none of the chiling claustrophobia of either the novel or the film. Interesting to watch for curiosity only, but not something I'd view again.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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I find that this new version of The Shining is great because it is more faithful to the novel and completely thrilling. You enter Stephen King's world and you can feel what the characters feel. the four hours are not long at all, on the contrary, the more you watch it, the more you feel oppressed. in a word, it is a good movie
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Terrifyingly Good! 17 Feb 2003
By A Customer
The original movie of 'The Shining' was my favourite movie for a long time, until I finally got round to reading the Stephen King book. Then I realised that the movie had very little in common with the novel. Apparently, Stephen King himself thought this too. This version, Stephen King's version, is basically a page to film adaption that leaves very little out. It is how the author wanted it and, in my opinion, is much better than Kubrick's adaption. Great performances from the lead actors, good special effects, and the fact that it has a long running time lets you slowly and gently slide into the terrifying story. I'd deffinately reccomend this to any Stephen King fans, and also to any horror fans.
It was, after all, penned by the master!
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5.0 out of 5 stars good seller.
interesting dvd. good seller.
Published 7 days ago by conehead
5.0 out of 5 stars True to the book unlike the film.
The film was good but not true to the book whereas this is just like the book. Stephen King had a hand in this too.
Published 1 month ago by Mrs. M. T. Clark
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
An more accurate version (true to the book)...Very impressed
Published 1 month ago by Ian Chappell
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Published 1 month ago by miss g nutt
2.0 out of 5 stars NOT SCARY! In fact, prepare to be tickled - over 4 hours and barely a...
This is sad - a classic example of straining so hard to remain faithful to the source text that the finished product lacks any bite or soul. Read more
Published 2 months ago by DL-Anten
1.0 out of 5 stars Crap Version!
Seriously what the hell is Stephen King thinking of bringing this out????

The original The Shining is an absolute treasure in every way. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Becky
4.0 out of 5 stars Best version for me
Brilliant mini series much closer to the book than Stanley kubricks version, I like both but prefer this as is pretty much the book on film.
Published 5 months ago by ross
5.0 out of 5 stars STEPHEN KING - THANKS FOR THIS
This "TV Series" Is virtually the EXACT Book, with a few subtle changes : A JOY : (Kubrick , eat your heart out !)
Published 11 months ago by Geoffroi Wychwood-Mees
5.0 out of 5 stars Much better
Saw this on TV ages ago and always considered it better - or shall we say more accurate - than the more famous version. Half-way through watching it now, and it's still the best.
Published 11 months ago by Andrew B. Johnston
4.0 out of 5 stars Superior to Kubrick?
Right, I am going to stick my neck out here and say that although I have only seen the first 2/3rds of this at time of writing, I have been more impressed with this version than... Read more
Published 11 months ago by M. Bridgeman
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